7 September 2017
I loved this book hard. With the same fun, sexy dialogue, and the palpable chemistry that I loved between Vince and Jackie in Eye Candy, Davis and Grace drew me into their bubble of love and kept me entertained from start to finish. The serious issues that plagued our lead characters added weight to this engaging and witty narrative, and I was smitten. Previously introduced to us in Book 1, Davis is Vincent’s best friend and helped he and Jackie see the light on their relationship before it was too late. Grace is the bar manager at the local pub where Vincent and Davis frequent. Even in Eye Candy, it was evident they were tuned in to each other, their banter easygoing and playful.
There’s no fighting sexual chemistry with ‘the one’. The instant awareness of another, a magnetism that draws you to them. Initially it can manifest as lust, snarky banter, or a need to know someone on a deeper level. No matter how it manifests, it is there and, until you face it for what it is, it will not let go. Davis and Grace are a perfect example of the kind of chemistry that has your senses on high alert, a chemistry that is begging to be explored. Both burned by previous failed relationships, Davis and Grace initially put their interest down to a purely physical attraction, an itch that needed to be scratched perhaps, never suspecting in a million years that scratching that itch would cause them to face their fears and take a chance on love again. Feeling confident in their own ability to indulge in some hot and heavy satiating of an intense lust while protecting their hearts, Grace and Davis don’t hold back as they embark on a passionate relationship. It is the impact of their deeper connection that shakes them up and has Grace running for cover to save her heart.
Like a mouthful of my favourite Vegemite on toast, I loved Davis. He was delicious. Outwardly he was the serial dater, usually for no more than one night, the love’em and leave’em sort of guy, the guy who would always be up for a good time, never one to settle down. He had a certain swagger than charmed all those he came in contact with. His show of casual indifference meant that he could be taken as rather shallow but it was all an act, and I knew there would be an underlying story here, his big and generous heart all too evident in the way he helped Vince and Jackie resolve their issues. Davis fostered this nonchalant persona as a means of holding at bay the flashbacks of when his bride-to-be left him at the altar. Literally. He was deeply scared by his ex fiance’s actions. She was a redhead you see, so that is why his only form of defense against another bruised heart was to date only blondes. I couldn’t blame him for his rationale, he did love deeply and completely and was upfront with any liaison, protection was the name of his game.
In a refreshing change from the usual running male, it was Grace who did the running, Davis owning his feelings and holding Grace to account for hers. His heart had been shattered before and for him to open up and make himself vulnerable to Grace, was a significant leap. Grace had envisaged what this interlude with Davis would be like and how it would play out, a fling and nothing more. But as Davis opens up to her and reveals his past and its implications, she feels herself falling for Davis. Of course this scares the bejeezus right out of her and she puts up a wall and backs off, running scared from her own fears. Running gave her back the control over the situation that she needed, negating her need to confront her feelings. Grace had genuine reservations but Davis had even more reason to be wary and his actions only demonstrated how sure he was of their relationship.
Poor Grace, she didn’t stand a chance against Davis’s avowal of his feelings and assessment of their situation. Maturely, Davis pushed Grace to examine her preconceptions, leaving her with no doubt about where his heart lie and leaving her to decide whether to accept what was really happening between them or to stay stuck in her past. A product of a broken family, her parents were not a good example of a loving marriage, before, during or after, and Grace needed to resolve her issues surrounding this before she could move on with Davis. With maturity and a genuineness that endeared these characters to me even more they found their way to each other.
I just love this series and I felt an affinity for Grace and Davis. Heartfelt stories, with clever dialogue and a sense of familiarity and ease between characters meant that I was invested in the outcome. I really like this authors style of narrative, the structure, character development and flow makes her an auto-buy for me, so catch up with this series and be on the lookout for Book 3, Man Candy, due to be released early next year.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review